I seem to be stumbling across a number of articles these days that express, far more beautifully than I can, my own philosophical orientation to life and the need to return to a very vital, sacred part of human nature which has been lost to the commodifying, consumerist culture that has, over time, impoverished our spiritual selves. This is what I wish we all could do for our children and ourselves. It is called:  Remember Your Song http://www.earth-heal.com/index.php/news/news-for-an-earth-in-tranition/64-the-joy-of-being/494-song.html

I posted this on my other website:  sistertongue.wordpress.com and decided to re-post it here because it captures so much of what the Tao is all about.  There is, indeed, a song that sings within everyone of us.  Or a dance, which is what the Tai Chi, Chi Gung, Ba Gua are.  Whether song or dance, preferably a combination of the two, they are about rhythm and cadence and patterning – the yin, right-brain wisdoms of the human brain that have been so over-ridden by the fearful, yang qualities of the linear, concrete and hierarchical machinations of the left-brain.

Without the holy, sacred union of the two, humanity will never achieve it’s Higher Mind.

The Tao and its physical practices are designed to achieve that sacred marriage – to cultivate the conversation between abstract thinking and structured action.  The former is the Spirit, conveyed through the Cosmic Mother, Yin;  the latter is it’s Form, expressed through the constructive action of the Yang element.

The Yin lies at the heart of the Tao, which is, ultimately, un-nameable.  The Tao Te Ching states, “That which can be named is not the true Tao.”  This is because the great mysteries of the universe, transmitted to us through the great Cosmic Womb, are beyond our human comprehension.  The Tao is the Yin of Spirit, transmitting her energies down into our material world.

The Tao’s partner in our collective experience is the Teh.  The Teh encompasses all the physical manifestations of the Tao through which we might be able to comprehend her mysteries, should we choose to study them.  The Teh is concrete and linear, that of the left-brain materials.  The Teh is comprised of the tables and stairs and doorways through which we might begin to apprehend the Tao.  The Teh is Yang in nature, forming the structures through which we might begin to understand, just a wee bit, the spiritual lessons of the Tao, the ultimate creatrix.

Unfortunately, in western thought and in eastern thought interpreted through the western left brain, the true relationship between the Yin (Spirit) and Yang (structure), between the Tao and the Teh, has been reversed, to the impoverishment and detriment of us all.

As Albert Einstein said,

 ”Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former. The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. We will not solve the problems of the world from the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. More than anything else, this new century demands new thinking: We must change our materially based analyses of the world around us to include broader, more multidimensional perspectives.”

The Tao cultivates multi-dimensional awareness that transcends space and time as defined by westerners.  It balances and harmonizes our most intimate selves into a union that should be blessed and held and revered.  It transmits not just the individual powers of the intuitive and the concrete, but also alchemically mixes those two essences into the highest form of spiritual practice held by the Tao:  DISCERNMENT.

And in the ancient Tao (as opposed to the modern, conventional) the Sacred Gift of the Yin, the ultimate creatrix of all things, has been made profaned in service to much lower forms of the faithful servants:  the Yang left brain.  Let me be more clear:  The Yang makes structure (males build buildings) and the Yin imbues spiritual meaning.  We have, for far too long, reversed these roles, as Uncle Al so readily pointed out almost 100 years ago.  He was a genius and, perhaps, it would be wise for us to listen to the words of a genius.  He understood that reversal of roles, as have and do so many indigenous populations.

That reversal and imbalance needs to be corrected if we are to come into harmonious balance with ourselves and the natural world.

May the fruits of both of these essences imbue every decision we make for ourselves upon the planet.

This is the Way of the Tao.